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Self-Paced Courses For Leaders and Teachers

Brilliant self-paced online CPD for leaders and teachers.

Online courses are a great way for teachers to develop deep and broad expertise on a topic.  Teachers and leaders can choose from short courses (such as the EYFS boosting language course) to larger, multi-module programmes (such as developing reading comprehension).  These course combine theory and practice to ensure teacher CPD and leadership development has significant impact on pupil outcomes.  Many of the courses are linked to evidence-based approaches for improving the academic performance of disadvantaged pupils.  The courses offer a flexible way to study: alone, with others, or with an instructional coach.


An online training platform provides the opportunity for  personalised study. Colleagues can choose the modules that match their needs and study at a time that is right for them.  Colleagues can train individually or together as a team. Course materials can be returned to again and again. There is an excellent mixture of theory and practice. Tutorials, advice booklets, printables, think pieces and teaching resources all in one place. 


Courses are menu driven allowing you to move sequentially through the materials or jump to to a section of the course that is particularly relevant to your training needs. Videos, tutorials, and resources can be accessed again and again. 

Reading comprehension training programme for individuals / new leaders or the whole school

Reading Comprehension Online Training

This is a fantastic reading comprehension course for individuals (such as the reading leader / English leader) or for the whole school.

  • The menu driven system allows teachers to select the comprehension units most relevant to their needs- based on current skill level, knowledge and experience.

  • Modules can be completed at varying levels of depth - from light touch to intense.

  • Teachers can return to the course as many times as needed, allowing colleagues to build  breadth and depth of knowledge over time and continue to access teaching resources. 

  • The course can be completed as an individual.  The course can be completed with colleagues in your school, allowing you to collaborate and engage in professional dialogue. 

  • The course is also an ideal accompaniment to instructional coaching - if you have identified reading as an aspect of practice to improve, this can help increase your knowledge and provide strategies for improvement. 

Self-paced progression in writing training course
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Nonfiction writing : online training focusing on info texts

It is difficult to lead staff training that focuses on writing with everyone in the same room at the same time. The needs of the EYFS teacher is very different to the needs of the Year 6 teacher. This course is split into phase sections. This course helps schools to ensure there is progression in writing with a focus on non-chronological reports and information / explanation texts. There are video tutorials, phase specific advice booklets, examples of pupil work, exemplification materials, assessment advice and teaching resources.  Genre knowledge is important for achieving excellent outcomes in writing, for both teacher and pupil.  Developing nonfiction writing is particularly important for disadvantaged pupils.

Handwriting - everything you need to run daily sessions
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Teach Handwriting : A full package of support and resources

Teach handwriting easily and effectively.  This package provides everything you need to teach handwriting to the whole class and to deliver interventions.

Handwriting is a limiting factor for many pupils and can slow down progression in writing and hamper pupils chances of success across the whole curriculum. Handwriting takes up valuable working memory, increases pupil frustration, impacts on pupil confidence. This handwriting programme is video based. Colleagues can play the videos on a loop, freeing them up to circulate around the room supporting pupils. There is modelling for each letter, example letter joins and modelling of short words connected to the target letter. There are videos of the 100 most common words. The handwriting course is based on a firm foundation of research. There are additional printable resources. As the course is online and video based, it can be accessed via iPads for interventions (group / individual). Target Year 5 and 6 pupils can be given access to practice at home.

EYFS - Leader / team training- vocabulary, language, play!

EYFS Boosting vocabulary, language and play - training

This course takes a systematic approach to developing the language and vocabulary needed for high-quality sustained play in provision. Ideally, the video tutorials are watched as a team and used to stimulate professional dialogue. There are case studies examples of how to develop language in provision. This is a mini course, designed to take 2-3 twilights to complete.  If you are seeking to boost language and vocabulary, particularly for disadvantaged pupils - this course is for you.

Self-paced Leadership Training Programmes

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New to Deputy Headship self-paced online training

For those who have less than two years of DHT experience, this course is an excellent way to build skills and understanding that are matched to your new role. As well as offering this as a 'live' course that is delivered to a group of DHTs on set days / times, I also offer this as an online self-paced course.  Not everyone likes to study in the same way.  The elearning option allows you to learn at your own pace.  To help you and keep you going, I will provide personalised support. The course gives you access video tutorials, think pieces, study booklets, leadership tools and reflection activities.  One module is released each half-term.

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Experienced DHT self-paced online training

The Catalyst Programme is for experienced DHTs. As well as offering this as a 'live' course that is delivered to a group of DHTs on set days / times, I also offer this as an online self-paced course.  This allows experienced DHTs to study elements in depth, or light touch, depending on the relevance of the tutorials and prior experience.  DHTs receive personalised support to help achieve professional development goals.


Phase leader self-paced training

This training can be completed by an individual phase leader or all the phase leaders in the same school.  One module is released each half-term, although you can come back to prior modules at any time.  There are options for summary learning, development learning and deep learning in each module.  This allows you to study at a depth that is right for you.  The course is menu driven, allowing you to control the breadth of study.  Video tutorials, think pieces, study booklets, leadership tools.  Participants receive personalised support to help achieve professional development goals.  Additional 1:1 sessions can be added to the package.

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